combust

[ kuhm-buhst ]
/ kəmˈbʌst /

verb (used with or without object)

to burn.

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Origin of combust

1325–75; Middle English <Latin combūstus (past participle of combūrere to burn up, equivalent to com-com- + -ūs- variant stem of ūrere to burn + -tus past participle suffix; -b- by misanalysis of ambūrere, another derivative, as am- + -būrere)
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British Dictionary definitions for combust

combust
/ (kəmˈbʌst) /

adjective

astrology (of a star or planet) invisible for a period between 24 and 30 days each year due to its proximity to the sun

verb

chem to burn
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